The Seattle Monorail Initiative 41
Dear Monorail Supporters:|
We have been a low-cost, grassroots campaign from the beginning. We gathered 18,000 valid voters' signatures while spending only $2,300; about $0.14 per signature. Compare this with campaigns that spent over $2 per signature.
We have not asked for money often, but we do so now. We need a modest campaign donation to buy more brochures, signs, etc. We ask you to write a check for twenty-five or fifty dollars (more if you can). Your check is needed and will be well spent. Send this donation right away to:
Do not send money. The vote is over and the initiative passed.
The Monorail Initiative|
7547 32nd Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Dick Falkenbury,Treasurer, The Monorail Initiative
Initiative 41 |
calls for an
to be built
Vote YES on
Extend the Monorail!
Why Monorail? |
It's pollution-free, quiet, and because it's elevated, won't get stuck in traffic or get into accidents. It's fast - the current Monorail covers one mile in ninety seconds.
Initiative 41 proposes forty miles of track extendingfrom Downtown to Ballard West Seattle, Rainier Beach and Lake City. The predominantly north-south routes will free up buses for underserved east-west commuters and allow fast intermodal connections, citywide.
The twenty-eight stations will not just be places to catch a train but commercial centers where you can get a cup of coffee, a meal, groceries, drop off or pick up dry-cleaning, check out a library book or pick up your child from day care. They will produce a profit .
Private investment will be sought to pay for the system. Because of the low cost of construction ($25 million per mile) and very low operating costs, coupled with the profit from the stations, we expect interest in financing and running the Monorail to be high. (The Seattle Center Monorail makes a profit. According to the Federal Transit Administration it is the only mass transit system that does.) Local, state, and federal funds will be sought only if necessary. And only as a last resort would the city Business and Occupation tax be raised, from 0.4% to 0.8% (less than one percent). No one wants more taxes, but we must invest in transit, and Monorail is the best value for the money.
Other advantages of Monorail:
Wheelchairs and bicycles are easily accomodated without inconvenient lifts or crowded racks.
The system can be extended to the airport, the suburbs and across Lake Washington.
New Monorails have heat coils on the rail that allow them to operate during snowstorms.
Monorails do not cause potholes or traffic jams.
Monorails hold up in earthquakes. Japan has built a dozen Monorails for this very reason.
If the RTA's planned light rail tunnel from the U-District to Downtown cannot be built because of technical or budget problems, the Monorail will work as a cheaper substitute. The money the RTA has slated for twenty miles of light rail could pay for the entire Monorail system and give taxpayers a rebate.
On November 4, 1997
Seattle voters will vote Yes on Initiative 41
On November 4, 1997, Seattle voters will have a opportunity to say yes to the Monorail Initiative 41. This proposal calls for an elevated, electric-driven, rubber-tired train. The 40 mile, 22 station system will move tens of thousands of people economically and quickly throughout the city. The route will begin downtown and go to Ballard, West Seattle, Rainier Beach and Lake City.
Elevated because this allows the vehicle to go over traffic jams, accidents and all of the other things that cause other mass transit to just sit in traffic.
The Monorail Initiative
Dick Falkenbury, Treasurer
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